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In My Opinion ... by Ron Phillips
In Feb. 12 Issue

Sounds Like Life to Me! Country singer, Darryl Worley has a song out now that, as he says, "I know this ain't what you wanna hear."

In today's society, we have all kinds of things that are suppose to make us feel good. There are all kinds of high tech gadgetry, amusement parks, television, prescription drugs, illegal drugs, and if one of those don't work, you can always see a therapist.

I love the Geico Insurance commercial where the former drill sergeant played by R. Lee Ermey is a therapist. The patient has just explained to him why the color yellow makes him sad. The therapist, says, "That's interesting. You want to know what makes me sad. You do! Maybe we should chug over to mamby pamby land where maybe we can find you some self confidence! You jack wagon!" Of course there are those out there that feel the harsh direct tactics of a military drill sergeant are not appropriate in any situation. I agree that a drill sergeant would probably make a lousy therapist, but in a combat situation, failing to respond immediately to an order can get you or the soldier beside you killed! Life often requires us to respond immediately, but taking time to thoroughly consider the correct course of action is also good. Experience, training and education are tools that will help you in knowing the difference between the two. Here are the lyrics to Darryl Worley's song…  

Got a call last night from an old friend's wife. Said I hate to bother you, Johnny Ray fell off the wagon. He's been gone all afternoon. I know my buddy, so I drove to Skully's and found him at the bar. I say hey man, what's going on? He said I don't know where to start. Sarah's old car's about to fall apart and the washer quit last week. We had to put momma in the nursing home and the baby's cutting teeth. I didn't get much work this week and I got bills to pay. I said I know this ain't what you wanna hear, but it's what I'm gonna say.

(Chorus) Sounds like life to me. It ain't no fantasy. It's just a common case of everyday reality. Man I know it's tough, but you gotta suck it up. To hear you talk you're caught up in some tragedy. It sounds like life to me.

Well, his face turned red and he shook his head. He said you don't understand. Three kids and a wife depend on me and I'm just one man. To top it off I just found out that Sarah's two months late. I said hey bartender set us up a round. We need to celebrate!

(Chorus) Sounds like life to me plain old destiny. Yeah the only thing for certain is uncertainty. You gotta hold on tight just enjoy the ride. Get used to all this unpredictability.

Sounds like life. Man I know its tough, but you gotta suck it up. To hear you talk you're caught up in some tragedy. Sounds like life to me. Sounds like life.

We have become a feel good society. The parents of us baby boomers did there best to insure that we didn't have it as tough as they did. They grew up during the "Great Depression" and they did there best to make sure we didn't go without. The pain and hardships they went through was the foundation of some of the finest people that I have ever known. The baby boomers grew up during more prosperous times, so we were use to not going without the necessities. Many of us found if we worked hard, that we could live a good life and even give more to our children. Now our children are grown and have kids of there own. Once again our children stepped it up and in most cases have given there children just about anything their little hearts desire. Toys, games, DVD's, TV's, iPods, cell phones, just to name a few. Many don't ride the school bus to school and the lines to pick up kids at school grow longer each year. In many cities, special parking has been established to accommodate all the waiting vehicles. Teachers are on security duty to help insure that only authorized persons are picking up the right child.

Sounds like life to me? Only God can fix this mess we're in. All you have to do is ask!

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!


May God Bless…

Ron Phillips

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